Telefunken Gavotte 6 from 1956 - Network Music Streamer


This is a network music streamer where new electronics have been retrofitted into a Telefunken Gavotte radio from 1956. Connect with Bluetooth and/or connect the streamer to your home Wi-Fi network and start streaming. It is not a radio anymore.

Connect the streamer to Bluetooth speakers or Bluetooth headphones, or just hook up some wired speakers as well. Stream music from your apps or attach a USB with some music. You can use your Spotify app as usual for streaming, or you can stream any music available on your iPhone or Android smart phone or music from your PC or Mac or Linux computers.

This Telefunken radio is an impressive table top radio of typical mid 50’s German design. It is massive, it is sturdy and well built. The dominating colour scheme is light ivory and both the Bakelite mesh and the underlying fabric makes the front almost glow. Contrasting this is the large frequency scale in darked coloured glass where there is a huge selection of broadcasting stations in golden letters. Of each side of the scale there are multifunctional rotary knobs. Below there is a set of push buttons for selecting wavebands and in addition two small rotary half-knobs to make smaller sound adjustment. All put into a shiny wooden cabinet. The name Gavotte originates from southeast France and is dance that was popular in the 18th century.

Unfortunately, the original on/off switch which is the leftmost knob below the scale was worn out and did not function properly. Now there is a new switch in the back. The frequency scale is lit up from behind by a LED light and even the old tuning eye is lit up by a green LED light. Looks great in the dark. The LEDS are both lit when the streamer is powered. The two scale needles (one for FM and one for the MW and LW wavebands) can still be moved by the tuning knobs to the right even if it is of no use anymore. The USB-port, speaker terminal posts, the mini sized USB memory stick which holds the software, RJ-45 port for LAN and the DC power input are all at the back of the unit.
The radio has been thoroughly cleaned and polished. The wooden cabinet is still shiny and looks pretty good. There are however some dents, thin cracks in the polish and some discolorations. The wood is untouched and the wear and tear most be regarded as normal for the radio’s age. The Bakelite frame shows hardly no signs of aging, there are no cracks and even the underlying fabric looks great. All knobs and buttons look nice as well. Overall, the radio is in very good condition.

Weight: 5.3 kg Dimensions: 48 x 34 x 21 cm

The electronics of the old vintage radio is replaced with Raspberry Pi 4 single board computer, led light, IQaudio Pi-DigiAMP+ class-D amplifier (2 x 35 W) and software, full-HD audio, up to 24-bit/192 kHz playback.

This is not a Bluetooth speaker, it is something better – it is a versatile Bluetooth and Wi-Fi music streamer. Start streaming . . .

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